December 31, 2008

SHS New Year's Resolutions

From the Sheridan Yellowjacket, December 1987.

SHS students make resolutions for 1988
By Jeni Crosswhite, Donna Ellis, Carrie Harrington and Amandy Mooney

Resolutions are always a way of celebrating the new year’s coming in and the old year’s going out.

People in almost every country celebrate New Year’s Day as a holiday. Many people start the New Year by trying to break bad habits and starting good ones.

Following are some resolutions offered by people at Sheridan High School.


To become the richest guy on earth and have everybody else fall at my feet and beg to touch me. Steven Benning

To accomplish more this year than I did last year. Kristy Evans

To not wimp-out of calculus like some people and to ignore the rude insults about my ancestors that my fellow calculus classmates bestow upon me. Aaron Wilson

To get out of every class possible at semester and take study hall all day. David Damron

To get revenge on Christy Berry and to make David Damron buy me a new English notebook.
Trent Allen

To give Larry, Paula, Christy B. and Kim as many nicknames as they’ve given me. Cindy Cobb

To make no resolutions due to the scarcity of faults within myself.
Andy Mayberry

December 30, 2008

Vacation Bible School

Regardless of where we went to church growing up - or even if we didn't regularly attend church - many of us have been through the doors of Immanuel Baptist Church (IBC) on Holly Street in Sheridan during Vacation Bible School in the summer months. Below are a couple of photos provided by Mandy Jester that her mother had been keeping in a scrapbook for many years. Mandy allowed me the privilege of scanning almost 75 classic photos of IBC's early days.

This church holds a special place in my life for many reasons. Even though I attended a different church growing up, one of my first VBS experiences was here at IBC. Also, my wife and her family spent many, many years at this church. Then in 1992 when I did meet my wife, I attended Immanuel with her, where I first remember hearing the gospel and my need for a Savior at the age of 22. By God's grace, I was saved and several years later I responded to a desire to enter the ministry and preached my first sermon soon after - all here at Immanuel Baptist Church!

Well, I know this is a blog about the SHS Class of 88, but I wanted to post these photos because several of our classmates can be easily identified in these pics.

Here you see from L to R: Allen Kelley ('89), Kim Vailes, Mandy Jester, Shawn Jester ('93), Kristy Evans, Trina Smurl ('89) and Kristy Scribner. That's Mandy's mother standing on the steps in the background.

Pictured in this class going clockwise: Junior Womack, David Webb, Brett Epperson, Rodney McDougal, Paul Allen ('89), Theresa Larson, Kristy Evans, Mandy Jester, Kristy Scribner, UNKOWN, Kim Vailes and Gwen Finley ('87).

You can see all the IBC Retro pictures on my Facebook page here and here (you don't have to have a Facebook account to view them).

December 29, 2008

The Power Team

Alan Holmes breaks national record
State records set by other lifters

By Marcy Holmes

Alan Holmes broke the national record in squat with a 645 pound lift at the State High School Powerlifting Championship meet held at the Sheridan Gym April 30.

Alan Holmes placed first in the 275 pound class. Holmes broke the state and teenage records in bench press with a 350 pound performance, deadlift with a 605 pound lift, and total lifts with 1600 pounds. Holmes also won outstanding lifter in the upper division.

Mike Crain placed first in the 132 pound class. He broke state records in squat with a 385 pound lift, deadlift with a 435 pound performance, and the state record for total lifts with 1035 pounds. He also broke the teenage record in deadlift and total lift. Crain won outstanding lifter in the lower division.

Phillip Clifford placed first in the 181 pound class and broke the state record and teenage record in squat with a 525 pound lift. He also broke the teenage record in deadlift with a 505 pound performance and broke the teenage record for total lift with 1305 pounds.

Gary Brown placed first in the 198 pound class and broke three teenage records. They were in squat with a 495 pound lift, deadlift with a 540 pound lift, and total lift with 1255 pounds.

Tim Staley placed first in the 242 pound class by breaking the teenage record in squat with a 465 pound performance.

Steve Polk placed second in the 220 pound class. He broke the teenage record in deadlift with a 495 pound lift.

Placing second were Sean Woodward in the 123 pound class, Brett Epperson in the 198 pound class and Dale Hatley in the 275 pound class.

Shawn Plouch placed third in the 165 pound class while Jamey Black placed fourth in the 220 pound class and Wayne Hitt placed fourth in the 148 pound class.

Other Sheridan lifters competing in the meet were Michael Harris, Clarence Howard, Jonathan Bibb, Roy Clark, Jonathan Jennings and Justin Gaddis.

Picture here are (front) Jamey Black, Phillip Clifford and Gary Brown ('89) and Alan Holmes. In the back on the bleachers are Brett Epperson and Tim Staley ('89).

These two pictures you see here are just a few of many provided by Jamey Black of the 1988 State High School Powerlifting Championship held at Sheridan High School. You'll see more in the reunion slide show.

December 27, 2008

Lower Lip Exercises

From our junior yearbook:

“It’s like taking your lower lip and pulling it over your head. It’s hard to do and painful, other than that it’s fun.” - Joomi Ha
“It is hard and challenging to learn. I think Mrs. Graves is a good teacher.” – Ada Leslie

“This is 7th and I enjoy it most of the time because it marks the end of the day!” – Vicki Ausbrooks

“This class is fun except at times it gets too loud and you can’t hear what the teacher says. It’s hard!” – Tonya Rylie

“This class is very confusing most of the time.” – Sara Luft

“It is a terrific class. I think everyone should take it.” – Angela Rogers

“It’s not too bad on the few days I understand what is going on.” – Melinda Hill

“I like Mrs. Graves, but sometimes this Trig. mess confuses me to death. It’s fun playing thumper with Cindy Cobb and Christy Berry.” – Cindy Grace

“It’s hard as heck, but I love laughing at Cindy Grace & Cobbgirl.” – Christy Berry

“I like this class, but it is very hard. The main reason I like it is because of Mrs. Graves; I like the way she teaches.” – Trent Allen

“It’s beyond my mentality level.” – Cindy Cobb

December 25, 2008

December 24, 2008

12th Day of Christmas:

And on the 12th and final day of Christmas I present what has to be the most popular childhood Christmas memory throughout the late 60's and 70's. A Charlie Brown Christmas is still a holiday favorite and has best represented what Christmas is truly about for almost 4 decades now!

Our children just received this DVD as a gift from my mother. Anita and I have been trying to figure out how many times we want to let them watch it each year. It seems that since we grew up only getting to see it once a year, the anticipation and appreciation of the cartoon only intensified. We're concerned that familiarity will breed contentment with this classic story if we don't limit the viewings.

Also, a good friend of mine has produced a great podcast about this Charlie Brown Christmas special that you might be interested in hearing here.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2:8-14 King James Version

December 23, 2008

11th Day of Christmas: Christmas... to me.

On the 11th Day of Christmas, some of our classmates & teachers share what Christmas means to them.

Christmas has a meaning for SHS students
By Crystal Clark, Marcy Holmes, and Angela Johnson

Christmas holds various meanings. To some, it is strictly a religious holiday. Others see it as a time to get together with friends and family.

SHS students and staff had the following comments about the meaning of Christmas.

Shelli Smith – To me Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. I also love giving gifts, but Jesus is the greatest gift of all.

Mark Freiermuth – Getting money, going to court, sleeping, New Year’s Eve.

Christy Eggburn – To me, Christmas means the celebration of Christ’s birth, and spending time and exchanging presents with my relatives.

Andrea Winston – Christmas is a time to get together with your family and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Cindy Cobb – To me, Christmas is a time that you spend with the people that you care about and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Mr. Ausbrooks – We celebrate Christmas because we are happy. We are joyful because we understand that even though we are miserable, rotten individuals, we have been given another chance. We are redeemed, and it is through our Lord Jesus Christ that we live and love. The birth of Jesus is the greatest event of all time because it is the manifestation of God’s love for us. We recognize that our mortality or lack thereof rests on the stand we have taken with this Man. We are happy and thankful for Christmas.

Mrs. Graves – To me, Christmas means family being together, seeing friends, enjoying watching small children – watching as they get caught up in the excitement and the wonder of it all.

Mrs. Kay Gillis – Most importantly to me, Christmas is the time of year to stop and celebrate the birth of Christ. It is a time to be thankful for all my many blessings and a time to try to help someone less fortunate than myself. It is a time to get together and enjoy each other’s company. It is a time for me to watch my children being children. They can wish and dream, and just enjoy being young as they wait for Santa Claus to bring them an incredibly long list of toys. It is a time for school to be out so that we can enjoy the season, and to celebrate the season to its fullest.
And this article from December of 85...
Christmas is a time to spend with family and friends. It's a time for sharing the Christmas spirit and also a time for giving. It's especially a time for happiness. Karmin Hope

So... what does Christmas mean to you?

December 22, 2008

10th Day of Christmas: LooneyTunes

Here's a few various articles from the Sheridan Yellowjacket during the month of December.

By Steven Benning, Carmen Hensley, Laurie Revia and Darrin Theiss

As Christmas gets closer (there are only SIX shopping days left), one wonders what to buy for others.

For some of us, the problem is letting others know what we want for Christmas.

A recent informal poll of SHS students revealed that, of 75 respondents, 80 percent want a car for Christmas.

Other gifts in order of preference include clothes (66%), jewelry (52%), and money (44%).

Some other gifts mentioned were stereos, waterbeds, cameras, VCR’s, and toys like Puff-a-lumps, Mr. Game Show, Noid dolls, and Gumbys.

The top five gifts a guy would give a girl were kittens, jewelry, perfume, stuffed animals, and fur coats.

The top five gifts a girl would give a guy were a steering wheel and floor mats, Polo, clothes, and a billfold.

Remember these fun features from the Yellowjacket?
This first one is from December '88.

This one is from December '85.

December 21, 2008

9th Day of Christmas: Childhood Christmas

Below are a few pictures of some of our classmates celebrating Christmas morning as a child. Today, many of us are the parents setting out toys for our children. Let's hope they look back on their childhood as fondly as we do.

Be sure and ask Melissa Nesbitt why her hair was so short in this Christmas pic of her kneeling next to the classic "Inchworm" riding toy by Hasbro. See some cool pics & the original commercial here, where I borrowed the pic below of the original box.

In this photo is Vicki Ausbrooks Fletcher opening one of her wrapped presents. In the immortal words of Pedro, I must say "I like her bangs."

Um... I'm not sure who this guy is... but I'm glad he finally received some dumbells. Notice on the floor behind him: the game of Boggle and a Rubik's Revenge. Also notice below his right knee: one ugly pullover. Finally, notice the keen foresight... here is a die-hard Rams fan... back when Kurt Warner was only a year younger and the team hadn't left LA yet.

We all have plenty of childhood memories, like the Christmas parties at school. I think it was Mrs. Wood's first grade class that all drew names to exchange gifts with another classmate. I can't remember if Bryan Tygart was the giver or receiver of the nerf football, but it was wrapped without a box in metallic green paper, so we all knew what it was by it's obvious shape.
BTW, that Nerf football remains the "biggest selling football of all time." This wonderful piece of toy trivia comes from a neat guy named Tim Walsh and his book, Timeless Toys - which sets prominently on the coffee table in my home office.

Taken from Timeless Toys, (c) 2005 Tim Walsh

After the new year begins, I'll be posting some trivia questions taken from Tim's book - some of which the answers have already been posted on this blog (remember what the best selling toy is - EVER?) Stay tuned!

December 20, 2008

8th Day of Christmas: My Wish Book

On the 8th Day of Christmas... make your wish!

It's simply amazing what you can find on the internet these days. All the images below were taken from a website I recently discovered called These guys are doing a HUGE service to those of us who love to live in the past. They are in the process of scanning vintage department store catalogs and making them available to the public for online viewing. Ok... maybe I'm the only one who gets excited about that kind of stuff. Well just take a look at some of the pics below and I'll think you'll share my enthusiasm.

Now just think about this... remember looking through those thick Sears Wishbooks every year as you made out your Christmas list? Well, these are the VERY SAME CATALOGS that we used to peruse! Isn't that just crazy?!

Ok, still not excited? Just take a look. Some of these toys are what our classmates asked Santa for over 30 years ago!

Banana seats and flowery baskets. How many of you had one of these waiting beside the Christmas tree?
Here are the dolls that Jeri Suttle and Angela Rogers put on their list.

Phillip Clifford asked Santa for this Snoopy Drive-in Movie Theatre.

Wouldn't you? I would did.

In 1976 we were probably wearing Sesame Street clothes. I'd love to have that red-sleeved shirt with Snuffleupagus on it. Um... for my kids, of course.

Click to enlarge these Sesame Street toys. I actually have the Fisher Price Sesame Street Playset decorating my office at work. Got it for a steal at a yard sale... and they're going for no less than $75 on Ebay.

Any of you gals get a Barbie Swimming Pool?

My sister did. I must admit that I wanted to play with it. Notice the dude sitting under the umbrella... that's not Ken, it's Luke Skywalker (another one of my sister's gifts that I was jealous of).
Oh - and check out the Christmas tree... see the clothespin soldier ornament I featured on the 6th Day of Christmas?

I have a picture of me with these Batman & Robin dolls one Christmas morning. This was back before they went & messed with the cartoon characters & went all Justice League United.

This is how I'll always remember my Superfriends.

The two ads above mark the beginning of the electronic game era. That's right - you're looking at the forerunners of PSP, Wii and Nintendo DS. I had Merlin along with a basketball, baseball and football electronic game. It literally hurts my stomach to think that I no longer have these. I found a mint-in-box Merlin game today on Ebay for $132! For some reason, my sweet wife didn't share my excitement. So, if any of you are wondering what to get me this year... just sayin'.

And as we started getting older - too old for baby dolls, Barbies and Batman, we all started thinking two words: Hi Fi. We would've loved to have something like the stereo above, while our dads would've been eyeing the one below:

I hope you enjoyed this 8th day of Christmas. If anything, you learned that it sometimes pays not to throw ANYTHING away... you never know when it'll be a hot item on Ebay.
Be sure to visit and see Wishbooks from other years during the 70's & 80's.

December 19, 2008

7th Day of Christmas: I'm the DJ, He's the Wrapper

On this 7th Day of Christmas you're really in for a treat!

In December of our 11th or 12th grade year, Trent Allen and I were asked to do a live radio program for our church on Sheridan's very own KKDI (there's a four letter word I bet you didn't wanna hear again!) The Methodist Church sponsored a program called "The Word in Music" and for this Christmas program they thought they'd try to do it live... and they asked a couple of teenagers... and I have the recording! I've just taken a few 60 second clips of each of us to give you some idea of how the program went. Enjoy!

This first clip is Aaron telling the story of "Diane" as she awaits the second coming of Christ.
Here is Trent telling of how a pregnancy reminds us of our anticipation of Christ. Suffice it to say that with all my audio editing capabilities, I had to do nothing to give us those southern accents! Here's Aaron talking about a boy named Jimmy. During this clip, you'll hear Trent stumble over his script and a few seconds later, he almost loses it while trying not to laugh. I'm sure I wasn't doing anything to encourage this. This clip is Aaron ending the program and giving the program credits.
And Trent is heard one last time giving a "tag" for the program.
Trent & me (and little sister), circa Christmas 1978-79. Way before our career in radio ministry.

December 18, 2008

6th Day of Christmas: Tolson's Tree & Other Treats

I'm reposting this (for obvious reasons) and throwing in a few extra bonus pics:

I'm not sure why the Sheridan Headlight featured our class for this picture, but my mom has hung on to this clipping for a loooong time.

THE BOYS AND GIRLS in Mrs. Tolson's kindergarten room rest on their laurels as they admire their beautiful Christmas tree.

Here's my attempt to i.d. everyone:
Front Row L-R: Jeffrey Darnell, Fred Pemberton, Bryan Tygart, Jackie McElroy, Betty Jo Skorcz
Middle Row: Terry Mayberry, Vicki Thompson, Angela Rogers, Lee Shaw, Lynn Childers
Back Row: Vandra Williams, Kim Smith, Aaron Wilson, James Hicks, Jody Wiggins, Jon Paul Anderton, Phillip Clifford

Check out the Christmas craft hanging on the chalkboard & seen above. I remember making this reindeer... with Q-tips for antlers... probably cupcake papers for eyes & lots of construction paper.
I did some digging around and couldn't find many of the crafts that I thought I had, but I did find a box of old Christmas ornaments from my childhood - many of which were hand-crafted. I'm pretty sure we made or received all of these during our school years. It's possible that one or two were made at church, but I'm pretty sure they all came from school.

The back of this 3 inch tall stocking is mesh, probably revealing the candy treats inside.
These apples look to be a gift from one of our teachers.
Remember these clothespin creations?
I have vague memories of when I made this... but can't remember when. I wanna say it was a cub scout project, now that I think about it. Q-tips were made for crafts! We saw Q-tip reindeer antlers earlier, and now they show up as drumsticks.
Oh the joys of being a child during Christmas! If you have children, be sure to make their memories as precious as ours are.

December 17, 2008

5th Day of Christmas: Sleigh Bells Ring

Here are four songs from the 1983 Junior (middle school) Band Christmas Concert. We were in the 8th grade, so this would be our last year in junior band. If you listen to the first song, you'll hear just a bit of Mr. Ed Grissom introducing the songs.
*Don't forget to turn off the Playlist in the sidebar before listening.

What Child is This?
Of course, there are no lyrics sung to any of these band performances - you'll have to find some archived choir recordings for that - but did you know that there are two "missing" verses to "What Child is This?" that you've probably never sung in church - or anywhere else for that matter? If you can endure these four songs, I'll show you the two missing verses at the end of the post.

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Title Unknown
That first song wasn't too bad, was it? This next song is fun to listen to, but I don't know the title. A special prize goes to any former Jr Band member who can tell me!
**UPDATE: I was just listening to this again & it hit me - the title is something like, "Santa's Toyshop".

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All I Want For Christmas
(Is My Two Front Teeth)

At the time I'm writing this post my 8 year old son is very close to losing both of his 2 front teeth before Christmas Day, so this song has a special meaning in our house! LOL!

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Holiday Sleigh Ride
If you were ever in concert band, then you'll no doubt remember how much fun this song was to play. Just think of how enjoyable it is to listen to (well, maybe not when a bunch of 13 year olds try to belch it outta their horns...) and you can imagine why it's so fun to play. One fortunate percussionist each year would get the honors of doing the whip crack SFX by using a couple of 2x4's hinged together. When the music called for it, you'd slap the two boards together to make a loud "crack". You were really cool if you could split the 2x4's by slapping them too hard.

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Missing Lyrics:
Below are all three verses to "What Child is This", one of my favorite Christmas carols. Traditionally, we sing the last half of the first verse "This, this is Christ the King..." as the "chorus" to all three verses. However, there's really not a chorus to this carol at all, just three verses. I've highlighted the two "missing" portions of verses 2 & 3.

A quick bit about the song itself - notice in verse one that the first half is a question, "Who is this Child?", and the answer in the last half "This is Christ the King..." Verse two asks another question - "Why is He here in such a humble place?", answer: He now pleads silently from the crib, but will soon scream from the cross. And the last verse is an explanatory imperative (i.e., because of what's just been said about Him, do this for Him...), and it calls & commands all to worship the Christ child.

What Child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce Him through,
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise a song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The Babe, the Son of Mary.

Words: Will­iam C. Dix, The Man­ger Throne, 1865.

December 16, 2008

4th Day of Christmas: Dear Santa

Christmas letters then…
Letters to Santa…from 1976
by Debra Howard and Robin Walters

As Christmas rolls around once again, letters to Santa begin filling the post office to be sent to the North Pole. Sheridan High School seniors may consider themselves too old to be writing to Santa in 1987, but here are a few of the letters written to the jolly old man in 1976.

These letters are taken from the Sheridan Headlight of December 25, 1976.

Dear Santa Claus,
I’m going to have a very nice Christmas. I want a lot of presents like Barbie clothes, an iron and a bicycle. I have been very good. Bring Nancy and Papa something good for Christmas.
Laurette (Lankford)

Dear Santa,
My name is Angela Rogers and I am five years old. I have been very good this year. I would like to have a baby doll that crawls and walks or one that kisses, a record player and a watch.
Your friend,
Angela (Rogers)

Dear Santa,
I want a bicycle and a doll and a little kit with lipstick and stuff. That’s all.
Gina McCool

Dear Santa,
I want an ice Bird, a thing that can make pizza, a piƱata, a G. I. Joe, a G. I. Joe suit and a motor cross bike. Just the parts.
Scott Herron

Dear Santa,
I am good most of the time. I want some Walkie Talkies and Snoopy’s Drive-In Movies. I’ve been a good boy.
Phillip A. Clifford

Dear Santa,
I wish it would be a good Christmas. I want a play Six-million Dollar man doll.
Kevin Matlock

Dear Santa,
I want a Barbie set, a camper, a Barbie set Hair style and I want a airplane and a baby that tee-tees in her pants and eats real food.
Jeri Suttle

Dear Santa,
I want a toy it’s little and it’s a little airplane and a little rubber pocket knife remember rubber. And a little gun set and a calendar to put up in my room. A little picture.
Robert McClung

Dear Santa,
How are you? I would like to have a Barbie Doll, some clothes for it with a suitcase. I would like a Raggedy Ann record player with some records, but I would take whatever you got me. See you at Christmas. Hope you won’t forget me.
Your friend,
Kimberly Derrick

Dear Santa,

I love you Santa. I have been good. My brother has already been to see you. I want to tell Rudolph hi. I wish I could give you a kiss. I want you to bring me a baby bundle, a spirit maker, one of those baby buggys and one of those dolls that you can make music.
I love you Santa,
Andrea Winston

Dear Santa Claus,
I want a doll, play sink, baby bottle, and a record player. I am a big girl and I have been good. I also want a purse some clothes for my doll. I plan to get my mother, daddy and others something. I am getting my mother a paper cutter. I want to get my brother one of those long yellow square things that you can move. What do you call that? I haven’t thought of daddy yet. Well that’s all.
Kim Vailes

PREVIEW: Be sure and return because later in this "12 Days of Christmas" series, I'll have pictures from a 1976 JC Penney Christmas Catalog that very well could've been the same catalog that many of us poured over as we made our Christmas lists! You don't wanna miss this. Here's a little sneek peak:

Just what Matlock wanted!